Michaela Strachan

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Michaela Strachan
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Strachan in July 2004
Michaela Evelyn Ann Strachan

(1966-04-07) 7 April 1966 (age 54)
Ewell, Surrey, England
EducationClaremont Fan Court School
Arts Educational Schools, London
OccupationTelevision presenter, actress, author
Spouse(s)Duncan Chard (1996–2001; divorced)
Partner(s)Nick Chevallier
Relatives3 stepchildren

Michaela Evelyn Ann Strachan (born 7 April 1966) is an English television presenter and singer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Ewell, Surrey, Strachan grew up in Hinchley Wood and attended Chadsworth Stage School, then Claremont Fan Court School, both in Esher. In her teens, she suffered from anorexia.[1] Later, while at ArtsEd, London, she briefly held jobs as an Avon lady and as a kissogram.[2] After her years at ArtsEd, Strachan performed in theatre, before moving on to children's television.[3]

In 1984, she appeared in the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.[4]



Strachan was a presenter on Saturday-morning television in the 1980s, involved in such programmes as Good Morning Britain and Wide Awake Club with Timmy Mallett.[3] In 1988, she hosted Boogie Box on music channel Music Box. From 1988 to 1992, Strachan starred as "Her" in the nightclub-set music show The Hitman and Her alongside Pete Waterman. In 1993, Strachan joined The Really Wild Show, a wildlife programme for children on BBC1.[5]

She was a regular reporter for BBC One's Countryfile for many years until the programme underwent a primetime Sunday evening revamp in April 2009. Her move to South Africa prevented her from committing fully to the new show. While filming an item for Countryfile in 2002, Strachan entered the World Gurning competition at Egremont Crab Fair. To her surprise she won the Ladies' World Gurning Crown.[6]

Strachan co-presented two series of Orangutan Diary with Steve Leonard for BBC One. These series followed the daily routines at a reserve for orphaned orangutans in Borneo and the work of Lone Drøscher Nielsen and her team in rescuing and rehabilitating the orangutans. They were broadcast in 2006 and 2008. She told The Independent that her greatest inspiration is Lone Drøscher Nielsen who "works under very difficult conditions and shows an all-consuming dedication to these animals".[7]

In November 2013, she presented the six-part series The Great Penguin Rescue on the Eden channel.[8]

In January 2014, she was a contestant in series 2 of celebrity diving TV Show Splash!.[citation needed]

Springwatch and Autumnwatch[edit]

The Springwatch presenters, Chris Packham (left), Michaela Strachan (centre) and Martin Hughes-Games (right), at the 2014 Springwatch media launch, RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk, England

Strachan, with Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games, presented BBC Two's Autumnwatch in late 2011.[9] For the first four weeks it was presented from the National Arboretum at Westonbirt. For the final four weeks, it was presented from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's Slimbridge reserve. Michaela Strachan that series replaced Kate Humble. She has also replaced Humble on Springwatch since 2012 after Humble decided to pursue other projects.[10]


Strachan has also had a brief music career as "Michaela" with two UK hit singles; a cover of Edwin Starr's "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" (UK No. 62, 1989) and "Take Good Care of My Heart" (UK No. 66, 1990).[11]

Strachan was mentioned in the song "Michaela Strachan You Broke My Heart (When I Was 12)" by Scouting for Girls.

Personal life[edit]

She married filmmaker Duncan Chard in 1996, but they divorced five years later. On 8 June 2005, she gave birth to her son Oliver by partner Nick Chevallier. The couple live in Hout Bay,[12] Cape Town with Chevallier's children.[12][13]

Strachan is a celebrity supporter of the charity World Vision as a child sponsor. She also supports their Alternative Gifts charity; life-changing gifts for communities in the developing world.

Strachan is allergic to elephants.[14][15][16]

In October 2014, she revealed that she had had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery following a diagnosis of breast cancer.[17]


  1. ^ Angela Wintle (18 March 2013). Michaela Strachan on wildlife, Springwatch and her Surrey roots Surrey Life. Retrieved 18 September 2013
  2. ^ "Michaela Strachan CV". Leninimports.com. 7 April 1966. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b Pelley, Rich (20 July 2020). "Timmy Mallett and Michaela Strachan: how we made Wide Awake Club". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ 'The Grand Theatre, Blackpool and the Ghost Train in Blackpool Pleasure Beach', Great British Ghosts Series 2, Episode 5 (Altamar Entertainment Ltd., 2012)
  5. ^ "BBC Really Wild Show". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  6. ^ "UK | England | Cumbria | Face puller grabs gurning prize". BBC News. 21 September 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  7. ^ "My Secret Life Michaela Strachan". The Independent. 4 April 2009.
  8. ^ "The Great Penguin Rescue - Eden Channel". uktv.co.uk.
  9. ^ (18 November 2011). Autumnwatch: Sheffield reveals urban wildlife secrets. BBC News. Retrieved 25 January 2014
  10. ^ Furness, Hannah (8 March 2012). "Kate Humble to leave Springwatch". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 362. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ a b Personal Stuff. Michaela Strachan. Retrieved 25 January 2014
  13. ^ Blackhall, Sue (20 June 2005). "Daily Telegraph, 20/06/2005, 'I'll be taking my baby to work', Interview with Michaela Strachan". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  14. ^ Wildlife star Michaela Strachan reveals Chinese medicine cured her health problems.. apart from elephant allergy. 8 January 2013. Daily Record. Retrieved 25 January 2014
  15. ^ Autumnwatch 2011: Michaela Strachan interview. 4 October 2011. The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 January 2014
  16. ^ 'My eyelids swelled to the size of footballs': Michaela Strachan on her battle with eczema. 8 January 2013. Mirror News. Retrieved 25 January 2014
  17. ^ "Michaela Strachan has double mastectomy". BBC News.

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